Soprano Winnie Nieh* (聶樂天) from Hong Kong made her European solo debut under the baton of legendary Maestro Helmuth Rilling and has performed with leading collaborative pianist Graham Johnson. She has worked with Martina Arroyo, Dawn Upshaw, Amy Burton, Sanford Sylvan, Alan Smith, Roger Vignoles, Julianne Baird, Grant Herreid, Drew Minter and Lucy Shelton. A versatile artist gifted with perfect pitch, she is praised for her “fantastic facility” and “clarity of tone”. She won First Place in the 2012 St. Andrews Arts Council International Aria Competition (Canada), and Third Place and Audience Favorite in the 2013 Madison Early Music Festival’s Handel Aria Competition (Madison, WI). She also competed at Carnegie Hall as a National Finalist in New York Lyric Opera Theatre’s 2014 National Vocal Competition.
She received Associate of Trinity College London diplomas in voice, violin, and piano while still a teenager, and her B.A. with a language citation in French from Harvard University. She was a Resident Artist with Opera Company of Brooklyn in 2011-2013.
This season’s highlights include: The Song Continues workshop at Carnegie Hall, developing the role of Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) with Martina Arroyo, performing a staged Schubert’s Goethe-Lieder production at the Austrian Embassy in D.C., Opera Singers Initiative on full scholarship, and SongFest at Colburn as a Professional Program Fellow on full tuition merit scholarship, during which she premiered Richard Festinger’s Incognito (2014).
Ms. Nieh enjoys performing a wide range of repertoire. She appeared as a soloist in a staged lute song project at the Amherst Early Music Festival, where she worked with Julianne Baird and Grant Herreid. Since her operatic debut as Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), she has performed numerous roles including: Pamina and Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), Blondchen (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Despina (Così Fan Tutte), Madame Herz (The Impresario), Amor (Orfeo ed Euridice), Voce dal cielo (Don Carlo), Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Olympia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), La Fée (Cendrillon), Lucinde (Gounod’s Le Médecin Malgré Lui), Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) and Violetta (La Traviata). Her solo oratorio experience includes: Bach’s Mass in B Minor, St John Passion and Magnificat in D, Monteverdi, Schütz, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation (as Eve) and Lord Nelson Mass, M.A. Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit, Mozart’s Requiem, Coronation Mass and Der Messias, Mendelssohn’s Magnificat (Op.69/3), Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, Fauré’s Requiem and Beethoven’s Mass in C. She has also premiered works at Juilliard and Longy School of Music.
Photo: Dan Demetriad
*Nieh is pronounced as [NEE-ay] and rhymes with Pie Jesu.